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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 635 (Boys) 405 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1853

General Information

Wellington College is one of the outstanding all-round co-educational schools in Britain for boarding and day pupils. The College’s ethos is education of the whole child, engendering confidence, skills, an international outlook and the right attitudes to work, service and society that will set them apart as adults and help them succeed in their careers. The College’s experienced, high-quality teaching and pastoral staff are there to help each pupil be happy and fulfilled and achieve the very best for themselves in their academic work, in the Arts and in sport.


Chapel, concert room, Music School, Shabby Road Recording Studio, Music Library, concert hall, wind and brass centre. First class drama and arts facilities, including a theatre. All pupils are encouraged to participate in sports wherever they have an interest. Canoeing, basketball, fencing, polo and golf add to the range and allow the College to offer a breadth of sporting interest beyond the traditional games of rugby, cricket, hockey, football, rackets and athletics. Wellington has its own modern 9-hole golf course. There is a modern sports centre, two Astroturf pitches and a rackets court. Many trips and excursions are undertaken, both at home and abroad.

Entrance Requirements

Scholarships, Common Entrance Examination or by special examination


Many scholarships available, please contact the Admissions Office for full details.

Open Days

Please visit our website or contact the Admissions Office for details.


2017/2018. Boarding Fees: £12,740 per term. Day Fees (in boarding house): £10,695 per term. Day Fees: £9,310 per term.


Latest Inspection Report

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr J P Thomas, BSc Hons, MBA, FRSA

Contact for enquiries: J E L Dahl Esq., Director of Admissions

Wellington College
Duke's Ride
RG45 7PU

[t]: 01344 444 013
[w]: www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Location Description

An attractive 400 acre woodland estate in Crowthorne.

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School News

Wellington College Independent Berkshire

Current Upper Sixth pupil, Jamie Baudry had specific reason to celebrate this Easter when he found out that he had been chosen to represent the

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UK at the world’s largest biology competition for school pupils, organised by the Royal Society of Biology.

Jamie beat over 7,500 other students from 675 schools at the British Biology Olympiad (BBO) to gain a place on the team for the international final.

The UK team of four students will compete against students from over 60 other countries, taking part in theoretical and practical tasks and challenges designed to test their biosciences acumen and stretch their understanding of the subject to the limit.

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO), which has been held in countries as far afield as Vietnam, Denmark, Taiwan and Singapore in the past, is taking place for the first time ever in the UK at the University of Warwick from the 23rd to the 30th of July.

Jamie already has an offer to read Medicine at Emmanuel College Cambridge next year, but will now have to balance revision for his A Level examinations with preparation for the IBO.

His Biology teacher, Mr Nik Light, said, “We’re really proud of Jamie at Wellington. We recognised early in his time at the College that he was a highly capable Biologist, enjoying tackling concepts in lessons which were beyond the scope of Sixth Form Biology courses, and it’s great that this has been reflected in making the British Olympiad team.

“As well as being a very kind and charming young man, Jamie’s intellectual characteristics of genuine curiosity, a desire to tackle new problems and a willingness to share his understanding with others meant that he enjoyed the Olympiad and is well-suited to face the challenging problems set.”

Everyone at Wellington wishes Jamie every success for the IBO in July and will be watching the team’s progress closely.

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Many congratulations to the Junior Colts rugby team who have finished the season as national champions following their victory over Warwick School in the final

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of the NatWest Cup held at Twickenham on Wednesday 29th March.

The Junior Colts (U15) rugby side, a number of whom are attached to the London Irish Academy, has never been beaten in two seasons on UK soil, with their unbeaten run culminating in a thrilling victory over Warwick School in the final of the NatWest Cup held at Twickenham on Wednesday 29th March. The boys were made to work incredibly hard by a terrific Warwick side who never gave up and, with the score locked at 7-7 at half-time, the game was finely poised. Wellington dominated early possession after the break and a superb line break from full-back Max Thomas (Bd) saw the score move to 12-7 before captain Finn Baxter scored his second to extend the lead to ten points. A moment of brilliance from replacement wing George Morison (Bd), who cut a superb line from a mid-field scrum to score in the right corner, proved decisive, with the final score of 25-12 giving Wellington College the national title.

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Wellington returned to the Chelsea Flower Show for a second time, with the beautiful ‘Breaking Ground’ garden, designed by Wilson McWilliam Studio, picking up a

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gold medal in the Show Gardens category.

The design of ‘Breaking Ground’ is inspired by the College’s ambition for a new bursary campaign which will break down the barriers to independent schooling by offer life-changing bursaries to young people with talent and promise who would, otherwise, be unable to access a Wellington education. The garden also references the synaptic activity governing our thought process – triggering cognitive connections and responses, facilitating the formation of ideas and concepts. Inspiration comes from the structure and nature of our neurone activity with water, one of the basic elements which makes these processes possible, running through the hard and soft elements of the design.

The garden is based on the notion that the walls which once enclosed the public school community will become increasingly irrelevant and this idea is expressed through the four-metre high ‘disappearing’ walls which play an integral part in the design.  The garden also includes majestic hawthorn trees within an ornamental meadow, with rare species of violets and orchids populating the heathland and representing the setting of Wellington College in one section of the garden. In the ornamental meadow, a mix of perennials and grasses are set in a synaptic pattern, and many selected plants are umbels, creating the impression of explosive moments of thought processes. Over 200 pupils from the family of Wellington schools in the UK and China have also left handwritten personal messages about their visions for the future.

Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College, commented, “The garden magnificently symbolises the breaking down of the walls associated with an independent education, and truly represents our collective ambition to do all we can to provide an outstanding and inspiring education for as many young people as possible”.

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Wellington College’s Master, Julian Thomas, runs the Marathon des Sables to raise money for St Michael’s Girls’ Primary School in Uganda.

As the rest of the

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Wellington Community put their feet up for a well-deserved rest over Easter, the Master, Julian Thomas, had something quite different planned – a six-day, 251 kilometre ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert to raise money for the construction of teachers’ houses at St Michael’s Girls’ Primary School in Uganda.

The Marathon des Sables was first run in 1986 and, as well as running the equivalent of six marathons in six days in desert conditions with temperatures expected to get as high as 50 C, participants must also carry all their food and equipment for the duration of the event in back-packs.

Julian ran with old friend and colleague Mark Mortimer, who is currently Headmaster of Warminster School in Wiltshire, and neither man is a stranger to such challenges: in recent years Mark has rowed the Atlantic and Julian has trekked to the South Pole.

All funds raised will be used to construct additional teachers’ houses at St Michael’s, a school which has been supported in different ways by both Warminster and Wellington in recent years. As a small charity, Friends of St Michael’s struggles to commit money to large capital projects, with their main priorities being to feed the children at lunch time, to fund malaria testing and treatment, and to buy various essentials for the orphans. Building much-needed housing for the school’s teachers has always been a high priority but, with so many other demands on funds, the teachers’ village has often slipped down the list.  For the building of the teachers’ village to begin, the running duo need to raise at least £10,000 for the main accommodation blocks. As and when funds allow, solar panels, a borehole, a biodigester and a bike store will be added.

This is not the first time that a member of the current Wellington College staff has run the Marathon des Sables. In 2009, David Edwards, Housemaster of the Picton, and his wife, Pippa, completed the endurance event, a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that Pippa ran the entire race with a broken toe!  Works and Estates Bursar, Malcolm Callender, and teacher Grace Elliott also completed the gruelling challenge in 2015.  Can there be another school in the UK in which five members of the school community have run the Marathon des Sables?

We congratulate Mark and Julian for their success on this most demanding of challenges run in aid of this most deserving of causes.

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Three of Wellington’s top CCF riders competed at the Royal Windsor International Horse Show in the prestigious Inter-services competition in the Castle Arena.

Three of our

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top CCF riders competed at the Royal Windsor International Horse Show in the prestigious Inter-services competition in the Castle Arena. Annabelle Turner, Millie Hockenhull and Georgie Murrin rode brilliant rounds to finish on a team score of 16 faults: Georgie ended up as top individual in the first round in the fastest time with no faults, while Millie had a few undeserved poles but nonetheless rode incredibly well despite a last-minute change of horse. Annabelle had just one unfortunate pole, but coached round her home-produced young horse like a true professional.

After an anxious wait, the team found out that they had made it into the top 12, qualifying to jump-off for the placings in front of Her Majesty The Queen, with Georgie selected to be the College’s designated rider. The pressure was immense with a full stadium, media and, of course, The Queen watching, but Georgie rode calmly under the circumstances proving extremely quick but with an unfortunate two poles down. The trio finished the competition in sixth place and the girls were absolutely fantastic, demonstrating their riding finesse and proving to be excellent ambassadors for the College.

Also competing individually was Third Former Claudia de la Hey who managed to go even further by winning her class on her part-bred Arab, Ollie. This a remarkable achievement for such a young rider as the class of showing (a form of dressage), in which Claudia competes, is open to U18 riders and the fact that she managed a score of 49/50 in front of The Queen is a moment she will never forget. Claudia and Ollie ended 2016 ranked 5th in the UK in their category and this success will only strengthen their position moving forward. Claudia also deserves special mention for single-handedly raising £1500 for the Orange House charity – Mityana in Uganda – via a sponsored 50-mile ride with Ollie. What a year it has been!

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Tuesday 14th March was not your average lunch time for the 144 potential life-saving Sixth Form Wellingtonians who signed up to the Anthony Nolan stem

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cell donor list.

The pupils were offered a chance to join the Anthony Nolan donor list at a ‘Register and Be a Lifesaver’ (R&Be) event hosted at the College. The R&Be education programme helps to teach 16-18 year olds about the importance of donating stem cells, blood and organs. Since its formation, 55 people recruited at R&Be events have gone on to donate their stem cells or bone marrow.

Will Guest, Regional Development Manager for the South East, said: ‘For this lifesaving event at Wellington College to result in 144 people joining the Anthony Nolan register is incredible – that’s 144 people who all have the potential to go on to save the life of someone in desperate need.

‘This is our second year working alongside Wellington College, and our special thanks goes to them for helping us to recruit a new generation of potential lifesavers to the Anthony Nolan register. We look forward to continuing our lifesaving partnership in the future’

We hope that Wellington College and our pupils will continue to support Anthony Nolan with the shame enthusiasm for years to come.

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Wellington’s Colts (U16) Rugby squad have confirmed their place as the best in the UK by becoming National Sevens Champions at the 2017 Rosslyn Park

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Sevens held over two days of intense competition on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March.

The boys dominated their four group games on Day One scoring 195 points and conceding only one try before going on to beat Kirkham Grammar School 50-0 in the last 32. After a good night’s sleep, Harrow were first up on Day Two but were soundly beaten 29-5 meaning a quarter-final game against last year’s champions, Brighton College, who were defeated 24-0.

The semi-final was a replay of last year’s fifteen-a-side NatWest Cup Final against old friends and rivals Sedbergh. Having lost by one score to the Cumbrian side at Twickenham 12 months ago, the Wellington boys were keen to avenge the defeat and it was a titanic struggle with both sides playing some superb sevens. With less than a minute to go, the score stood at 12-14, but one final push saw a try with the final play of the match – 17-14 to Wellington.

The final against Millfield was another outstanding display of rugby with nothing between the teams throughout the game: it was 7-7 at half-time and 14-14 with 30 seconds to go. Yet again, the spirit of the boys shone through as a final surge ended with a try in the far right corner. It was heart-break for Millfield but irrepressible joy for the Wellington boys who ran out 19-14 victors.

There can be no doubt that Sedbergh, Millfield and Wellington were the stand-out teams of this year’s competition and, on another day, the title could have gone to any of them. The rugby gods, however, were on Wellington’s side and huge congratulations must therefore go to the squad:

Jack Reid (S), Will Sinfield (S), Joe Gibbons (S), Jasper Johnston (S), Tom Cunningham (S), Charlie Sellers (Bl), Tobias Scalabrini (Bl), Bertie Pughe-Morgan (Bl), Jamie Miller (L), Ben Jordon (Hl), Ross Hanekom (Hl), Theo Burn (Bd), James Carton (Pn), Olly Cash (Pn), George Timberlake (Pn).

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Well done to Wellington College Boys U19 Squash Team who have finished their season by being placed 4th in the National Schools Squash Trophy Finals

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in Manchester.

The team was built of Anand Siththaranjan (Hl), Nate Oppenheimer (R), Dominic Atherton (Pn), Charlie Vleck (Bd), Jack Davies (Bl) and Luke Field (Hl) and, on a wet and grim Monday in Manchester, the Wellington squad played Gosforth Academy in the semi-finals for the National Schools Squash Trophy.

Team Coach, Steve Meads, said, “All I can say is that the squash was nothing at all like the weather! Although the team lost 1-5, there was some excellent play and not a drop of energy left in any of the players with three of the six matches going to the maximum five games. On another day, we could have easily made the final. In the afternoon, we played the third/fourth play-off against Charterhouse. Again the boys battled hard but the effect of the morning’s match had taken its toll and they went down 1-4. A big thank you to all the players who took part in the day and in the build-up rounds of the event.”

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After several rounds of the competition, which started in December 2016, Wellington College pupil William Campbell takes the title of Berkshire Young Musician of the

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Year, beating talented string musicians from across the county.

String players from across the county entered the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year (Strings) competition back in December 2016. Wellington College entered six talented string players who all made it through to round two. From this, a small number of players were selected to play in the final which was held in the Guildhall, Windsor.

College violinists Mira Steenbrugge (Lower Sixth, Orange) and William Campbell (Fifth Form, Talbot) were both selected and represented Wellington in the 13-15 and 16-18 year old categories respectively.

The final was a very exciting occasion indeed, with the young performers displaying maturity in performance beyond their years. After a long afternoon and final adjudication by a panel of judges, William was announced as not only the winner of his age group, but also the overall winner of Berkshire Young Musician of the Year. It was a stunning performance and thoroughly well deserved. It should also be mentioned that both Mira and William were beautifully accompanied by Marco Fatichenti.

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex presented William with his trophy and a violin bow worth £1500 in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle on Friday 17th March.

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Wellington College’s U16 girls’ hockey squad crowned National Champions at the Olympic Park.

Huge congratulations to the girls of the Wellington College U16 hockey squad who

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were crowned as best in the country following the National Finals held on Wednesday 1st March and Thursday 2nd March at the Olympic Park. This is the second time in 12 months that a national hockey title has made its way to the College following the U14 girls’ success in the same competition last year.

Day 1 saw the girls come flying out of the blocks with a fantastic 5-0 win against The Leys from Cambridge. The scale of the challenge ahead, however, became immediately clear when the girls’ second match against an incredibly hard-working Trent College side ended in a 0-0 draw. As the girls returned to their hotel they knew that they needed a win in their final group game to secure a place in the final.

Day 2. The first game of the day was a make-or-break, must-win fixture against King’s Bruton. They did not disappoint and, in what was arguably the girls’ best performance of the tournament, they emerged victors against a very strong Bruton side 2-0 to qualify for the final against Repton.

Repton have been the most decorated school over the past decade and boast a remarkable 33 national titles in recent history across all age-groups. The Wellington girls, however, were undaunted and, as is sometimes the case in finals, it was a very close affair with the score locked at 0-0 at half time. The crucial play occurred five minutes into the second half as the Wellington girls took the lead: an incredible tackle was followed by some slick passing and Kitty Baccanello eventually scored what was the winning goal. 1-0 at the final whistle and the girls secured the national crown.

The entire squad played their part in what was a massive team effort; all involved should be congratulated for both the spirit with which they played the games and also the way they conducted themselves over the two days. A special mention must go to Kitty Baccanello who not only scored the winning goal but also ended the two days as the tournament’s top scorer. What a way to finish an unforgettable season!


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Microsoft visit Wellington College to demonstrate their newest piece of kit, the Hololens.

Last week a handful of Wellington College pupils were lucky enough to become

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some of the first to experience the Microsoft Hololens. Bright and early on Wednesday morning Microsoft’s newest piece of kit, of which there are only five in the country, arrived at the College for the demo sessions. Their Hololens mixed reality headset currently has a waiting list of over 3000 people wanting a trial – so we were extremely grateful to be able to give Wellington pupils a chance to try out this amazing piece of technology.

The small group of Student Digital Ambassadors took turns to experience the mixed reality produced by the headset – such an incredible way to start the morning!

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Congratulations to Belle Banwell (Fourth Form) who has been awarded the Senior Ballet Prize at the English Youth Ballet.

With tough competition from across the region

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Belle auditioned for the English Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake production in the summer and was not only successful, but was offered the exciting role of soloist on pointe.  After many rehearsals and half-term events she performed beautifully in November’s performances of the Swan Lake production. The icing on the cake was then being offered the prestigious Overall Senior Ballet Prize.

Many congratulations to Belle!

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Three Wellington pupils claim national rackets titles.

Huge congratulations to Fourth Formers Lauren Gooding and Issie Thorneycroft who have re-written the record books by becoming the

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first ever girls in the history of Wellington College to win a national Rackets title at Queen’s in London claiming the U16 doubles crown despite both being U15 players.

Not to be outdone, Freddie Bristowe has also taken top spot in the U15 singles competition winning 15/7, 15/5 in the final against Eton. Losing finalist last year, Freddie became US Junior Real Tennis Champion back in the summer and now has a National Rackets title to add to his trophy cabinet.

Huge congratulations to all three pupils and also to Mr Ryan Tulley, Master in Charge – what a way to celebrate becoming a father!

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A superb season from the First XV has ensured that the Daily Mail Schools Trophy – the premier schoolboy rugby competition in the UK –

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has been claimed by Wellington College for the third year in a row.

A superb season from the First XV has ensured that the Daily Mail Schools Trophy – the premier schoolboy rugby competition in the UK – has been claimed by Wellington College for the third year in a row. Played over the entire Michaelmas Term in league format, the Daily Mail Schools Trophy features the very best rugby schools in the UK with Wellington’s fixture list arguably as tough as, or tougher than any other school in the country. This was a fitting end not just to an outstanding season for the boys but also for First XV coach, Kevin Brennan, who now emigrates to Australia to become Housemaster at Scotch College. Kevin has been instrumental in the team’s success and has produced arguably some of the best back-lines ever seen on the UK school-boy circuit. He will be sorely missed.

The College’s only loss in early October – an agonizing 14-15 defeat away at Whitgift – served to galvanize the spirit of the side who then went on to win nine games in a row, including victories over Millfield (35-17), Sherborne (53-7), Dulwich (32-0), Cranleigh (31-8) and St Paul’s (30-13). The match against Harrow – a 19-20 away win – has been described by many who saw it as the best schoolboy game of the 2016 season. The final tally of 12 wins from 13 matches is made even more remarkable by the fact that two-thirds of this year’s fixtures were played away from home.

Wales U18 winger, Dylan Moss, had a superb season and was the side’s top scorer, but captain Josh Basham and vice-captain Ben Loader were also singled out by Kevin Brennan for particular praise. Fresh from his interview at Oxford University, Ben has also recently learned that he has been selected as a replacement for the London Irish 1st XV for their Championship game against the Cornish Pirates. Second-Row Charlie Jupp, who broke his ankle in the final game of the season against St Paul’s, was voted players’ player of the season.

The boys now look ahead to the Sevens season as they hope to emulate the side of 2014 who went unbeaten in every tournament they entered. Best of luck to them all!

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22 Wellingtonians have been offered places to study at the UK’s two leading higher education institutions.

Many congratulations to the 22 Wellingtonians who have recently found out

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that they have been offered places to study at the UK’s two leading higher education institutions. With competition for places, both from national and international candidates, stronger than ever at both universities, it is fantastic news that 76 Wellingtonians have now been offered places over the past three years – well over 10% of the College’s graduates. With over 20 pupils also moving on to US universities each year, many to Ivy League institutions, there has never been a better time to be a Wellington College Sixth Former in terms of success rates to elite universities.

Bucking the trend of recent years, during which time Wellingtonians have enjoyed a slightly higher number of offers from Oxford, Cambridge heads this year’s list with 13 offers, and it is particularly pleasing to see such a wide spread of courses across Maths, Sciences, Languages, Classics, English and the Humanities. Every department has enjoyed success.

Well done to them all!

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